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enduro-mtb.com

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9 months ago

Life begins at 40 – Is progression possible at life’s halfway point?

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The Big 4.0. It looms above everyone in their 30’s like the sword of Damocles. Some will see their own mortality, see the thinning hair and grey flecked beard while reliving past glories and the missed opportunities. Fuck that. That’s the slippery slope thinking that plummets you towards wearing socks and sandals and ‘Old Guys Rule’ T-shirts. I may be 39 and staring into the middle age abyss but my cup is half full; 40 is surely just the end of the beginning. Time to up the ante and prove to the world (and myself) that I’m only as old as I feel. A quick check of the bank balance confirms that I can’t afford a supercar or a Harley Davidson. What’s needed is a challenge, something to motivate me inbetween family life and work; ‘Why not compete again, enter a bike race?’ says the voice inside my head. So, before I know it I’m looking at the completed entry form to Scotland’s answer to the Megavalanche, the MacAvalanche. Mid-life-crisis it is then.

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cyclingtips.com

Published

9 months ago

219 Beats Per Minute: The Day My Heart Short-Circuited

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Want to see an ER nurse panic? Ride up to the hospital on your bike, looking pro in your team kit, and tell them you’re having “a problem” with your heart. In ten seconds I had three nurses swarming me, taking my vital signs. I kept urging them to get the EKG before the episode passed, because this wasn’t the first time.

They did, and finally, I had the data needed for a diagnosis: Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT).

Let’s rewind a bit.

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Published

10 months ago

Connor McGregor rolled into his last fight on a custom ride from FiftyOne Bikes

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Leading up to his return to the Octagon, notorious MMA fighter Connor McGregor needed a change. Actually, it was really his knees that needed a change after ACL surgery meant that running was out of the question for a while. On the advice of the McGregor F.A.S.T.trainers (who are all ex-cyclists), Connor decided to add cycling into his training program.

 

Coincidentally, FiftyOne Bikes is just around the corner from Connor’s SBG gym in Dublin. The final link from the Irish fighter to the Irish custom bike maker was made by his doctor and former National Road Race champion, Dr. Julian Dalby. The result is another gorgeous build from FiftyOne with a number of custom touches fit for the former champ.

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cyclingtips.com

Published

10 months ago

Ride on: The art of staying motivated on the bike

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You wake during the night and hear the rain pouring down outside. At that point you begin negotiating with yourself: will you get up for the planned ride in the morning? Or will you stay in bed, warm and dry? You defer the decision until morning, but hesitation has crept in.

The alarm screams, and you check your phone to see a) if there is rain falling, and b) whether the group has cancelled the ride so you are less responsible for the decision.

We’ve all been there. Some days we might decide to skip the ride. Others, we get up and ride in terrible conditions. So, what is it that drives us to get out there when the weather is not kind for our outdoor sport?

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www.dcrainmaker.com

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10 months ago

Wahoo KICKR CORE Trainer In-Depth Review

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This past July at Eurobike, Wahoo announced their two latest trainers – the near-annual update of their mainstay, the Wahoo KICKR (2018 Edition), as well as a new lower priced trainer – the KICKR CORE. Wahoo has always had an even lower priced option, the KICKR SNAP, but that trainer isn’t quite as powerful and requires your wheel be left on the bike. The KICKR CORE aimed to essentially sit in the middle-ground of those two trainers from a budget standpoint, as well as lower the price of Wahoo’s direct drive trainer option.

Except a funny thing happened – Wahoo probably just gutted sales of its higher end KICKR 2018 trainer. After all, they essentially just took an existing KICKR 2017 trainer (that almost everyone loved), made it silent, slapped less fancy legs on it, and called it the KICKR CORE for $300 less. Donezo.

But is it really that simple? Well, that’s what I set to find out. It’s been about a month and a half since I started riding the KICKR CORE as my main trainer, so I’ve got plenty of miles on it. Structured workouts, free-form Zwifting, and just dorking around. All on plenty of apps too – Zwift, Fulgaz, TrainerRoad, and more.  I’ve been capturing all that data and have it here for you to dig into.

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bikerumor.com

Published

10 months ago

#MTBgirls: World’s top female XC mountain bikers unite to get more women riding!

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Off the bike there’s apparently not a lot of bad blood between the best women mountain bikers in the world. Countering stereotypes that mountain bikes aren’t for girls, these seasoned pros – from 23 year old Anne Tauber to 45 year old Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå – crush it head-to-head on the XC World Cup, but can all get behind the common mission of getting more women & girls on mountain bikes.

#MTBgirls, “Go Out and Ride your Bike!”

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cyclingtips.com

Published

10 months ago

What you need to know about tyre pressure, rim width and the limits of safety

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Take a look at the sidewall of any bicycle tyre and you’ll find a collection of numbers. One set pertains to the dimensions of the tyre, while the other is concerned with inflation pressure. Both are fashioned after the markings that appear on automobile tyres and both provide crucial information for the safe use of the tyre. Australian tech editor Matt Wikstrom dives into the detail.

 

It has been well over 100 years since the pneumatic tyre was invented and for most cyclists, it is easy to take the safety and reliability of the system for granted. But for tyre manufacturers, safety remains a primary consideration for every new tyre that is created even as they work to improve weight, rolling resistance, grip, and puncture resistance.

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cyclingtips.com

Published

11 months ago

How to set up road bike drop handlebars — tips and guidelines

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One of the most entertaining things about the bikes we ride is how easily they can be customized to our liking. Components can be changed at will, there’s ample opportunity to dress things up with a bit of color, and the fit can be tweaked to better suit your wants and needs. Your cockpit is one area where there’s an especially generous range of flexibility, but there are still some basic guidelines you should follow in order to extract the most performance and comfort possible.


YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG (MAYBE)

Drop handlebars seem straightforward enough, but the reality is there is a huge range of adjustment possible, and plenty of ways to get it wrong. Before entertaining the idea of replacing your current bar to gain some comfort, you should first make sure that you’re making the most of what you already have.

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cyclingtips.com

Published

11 months ago

Knee pain in cyclists: What causes it and how to fix it

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Knee pain is one of the most common overuse-type injuries that cyclists can suffer from. In a survey of 109 professional cyclists, nearly a quarter (23%) reported having knee pain in the last 12 months. Of those 22 knee injuries, 13 were serious enough to cause time off the bike.

Recreational cyclists actually fair worse. In a Californian cross-sectional study involving 518 cyclists, 41.7% reported knee injuries, with a low level of cycling experience being associated with increased prevalence.

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road.cc

Published

12 months ago

Strava Summit replaces Premium with choice of three packs and significant savings

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Strava is hugely popular for tracking and sharing rides, in part helped by the fact the basic app is free. The Premium membership has offered advanced features and data metric for a few years now, but it has now been replaced by Summit with three packs of features focused on training, safety and analysis.

Summit replaces Premium with Training, Safety and Analysis Packs available as an all-inclusive bundle or à la carte. This, reckons Strava, better serves the specific needs of athletes.

Annual Summit membership for all three packs costs £47.99, or £18.99 or an individual pack. Premium used to cost £5.99 a month or £71.88 for the year, so Summit offers a substantial saving. You can try a single pack for £2.49 a month or all three packs for £6.99.

If you’re an existing Strava Premium member you retain access to all the advanced features you’re already used to.